Spotless
Spotless
4.0.0

4.8

Spotless free download for Mac

Spotless

4.0.0
17 April 2012

Enable/disable Spotlight auto-indexing.

Overview

Spotless is a simple utility designed to disable and enable Spotlight's auto indexing with the click of a button.

The hostconfig file is read during the boot process to determine which services will be running once the computer has finished booting. Spotless changes the SPOTLIGHT entry in the hostconfig file from -YES- to -NO- or from -NO- to -YES-. A restart will be required to apply the change.

Please note that Spotlight searching will not be available until Spotlight indexing is enabled. This includes the "find" functionality of the Finder. The purpose of this tool is to disable Spolight indexing for a limited time while functions that Spotlight interferes with are performed - such as creating bootable backups, or performance issues related to new Mac OS X installations / upgrades.

What's new in Spotless

Version 4.0.0:
  • This version of Spotless has been updated to be fully compatible with OS X 10.7 Lion.

21 Spotless Reviews

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JasonE
18 January 2008

Most helpful

Too expensive for a unitasker utility. Besides, that, the author has more than doubled the price in less than a year. At this rate, it is going to cost the price of an OS in a couple years. I shy away from authors that do this, as do most companies and corporations. It puts them in a bad spot when it becomes a standard install and the price gets to be more than the value.
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Version 2.0
Doug-Engelbart
05 October 2012
To find files and text contents, I prefer FileBuddy or EasyFind etc. instead of Spotlight. Spotlight always tries to scan volumes which can annoyingly stress these volumes and abrade them. It even slows down volume performances by indexing while you are working on those volumes. In OSX.8 you can exclude volumes from being indexed via Spotlight's prefpane, but what if you have dozens of external drives and USB sticks (like me)? Why not simply deactivate Spotlight completely? Please update Spotless for OSX.8.2! Finally! Urgently! (Hey Apple, thanks for the big OFF button in Time Machine; but where is the OFF button for Spotlight???)
Like (3)
Version 4.0.0
tvalleau
16 August 2012
Are these folks still in business? Nothing new on their site for four months; emails go unanswered...
Like (2)
Version 4.0.0
1 answer(s)
Lounge-Deluxe
Lounge-Deluxe
15 December 2012
Abandonware. I now simply use the build in Spotlite tweak features of TinkerTool System, that does the trick for me too.
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Lounge-Deluxe
02 April 2012
Spotless is still not compatible to Lion and no mentioning on Fixamac's website of a release date for an updated version. Odd.
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Version 3.0
2 answer(s)
-M-S-
-M-S-
17 April 2012
Version 4.0 (supports OS X 10.7) was just released today. Enjoy!
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Lounge-Deluxe
Lounge-Deluxe
16 May 2012
Awesome (though released much too late), but I wonder if I need to pay for another upgrade if 10.8 comes out in 2 months or so. It would be appreciated if Fixamac comments on this matter.
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ivanzoid
19 January 2012
Too much messages that I'm "unregistered". Not even going to see what app offers further, because it's too annoying
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Version 3.0
Mextex
23 November 2011
Is it possible to enable spotlight indexing a time capsule drive (not just the time machine backupson the time capsule, but the whole time capsule drive)?? Hope this app is Lion-ready soon...
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Version 3.0
Janus-Madsen
13 March 2011
This app does exactly what it says. allowing you to disable and reset Spotlight indexing when system seems to go crazy and and bring out the beach ball more often then not.
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Version 3.0
Dmorgan
31 August 2009
both attempts to download the 2.05 version have failed. Neither here at MacUpdate or directly from the Spotless site worked. Both disk images were 'damaged' and unopenable. ??? Any help here???
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Version 2.0.5
1 answer(s)
MacUpdate-Lon
MacUpdate-Lon
31 August 2009
Confirmed: the Spotless 2.0.5 .dmg does not mount, at least not for you and me. Only the developer can fix the issue.
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Version 2.0.5
Ronl
02 March 2009
Thanks for keeping this app updated! Very useful. Definitely worth the price. I've been using it for around two years now with no problems. For anyone that thinks that OSX's 'Privacy' setting is any ways near comparable... it's not.
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Version 2.0.3
Xenophile
28 April 2008
How is this better than simply going to System Preferences -> Spotlight -> Privacy and adding HD's, Volumes, or folders to the Do Not Index list? $20 seems pretty steep for an app that just gives a shortcut to a preexisting System Preferences feature.
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Version 2.0
4 answer(s)
John-Sawyer-CJS
John-Sawyer-CJS
19 January 2009
System Preference's Privacy pane doesn't always work, where Spotless does. Also, Spotless gives you more options.
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Version 2.0.2
Donmontalvo
Donmontalvo
22 March 2009
If Spotlight is "broken", why not report it to Apple so they can fix it? Rather than spending money on a hack? https://bugreport.apple.com/cgi-bin/WebObjects/RadarWeb.woa/wa/signIn Don
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Version 2.0.3
Zoidbert
Zoidbert
27 April 2009
Good advice but, speaking as someone who's mentioned this problem (Spotlight not remembering when you tell it not to index a drive) since Spotlight's introduction, I can attest they don't always fix things right off. They fix a lot, sure, but not all of it. Spotless fills that gap.
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Version 2.0.4
Donmontalvo
Donmontalvo
27 April 2009
Good point, maybe it's best to do both. Buy Spotless, as well as submit a bug report. I wonder if Spotless' functions can be duplicated with normal shell commands? Don
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Version 2.0.4
F451
27 January 2008
I have many drives, and Spotless is the best means of handling volume indexing that I have come across. Since its beginning I have licensed Spotless, and I find the upgrade fee to be more than fair considering how much use and time you receive from each version of Spotless. The Developer is very receptive. I am anxious for Printer Setup Repair to be released for Leopard; another must-have utility by the same Developer.
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Version 2.0
$16.95

4.8

App requirements: 
  • Intel 64
  • Intel 32
  • Mac OS X 10.7.0 or later
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